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This Week in Sarasota: Thursday, Feb. 22

A look at our favorite events taking place this week.
by: Niki Kottmann Managing Editor of Arts and Entertainment


SVAS Pop-Up Show Opening Reception

5 p.m. at SVAS Exhibition Space, 1508 Main St.


Call 993-9391.

Sarasota Visual Artists Studios is a monthly open studio series created by a collaboration of Sarasota artists who invite the community to visit their studios and watch them in action. Shortly before its last open studio night of the season on March 3, the group is presenting a unique one-week art show featuring top Sarasota visual artists of varying styles and technique.


PMP Alumni: Around Town

6:30 p.m. at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium WAVE Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway

$15 in advance; $20 at the door

Call 955-4942.

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast welcomes program alumni who are now professional musicians to perform at community events throughout season in an attempt to give affordable, easy access to world-class performances. Enjoy a classical music string quartet performance by PMP alumni Yuri Namkung and Magdalena Filipczak, violins, Andrew Gonzalez, viola and Jia Kim, cello.


‘Bullets Over Broadway’

The Players Centre For Performing Arts

7:30 p.m. at The Players Main Stage, 838 N. Tamiami Trail

$27 to $32; students $14

Call 365-2494.

Step back in time and remember what made the’20s roar in this musical comedy. Based on the screenplay of the 1994 Woody Allen film of the same name, this musical honors the Golden Age of Broadway. A salt-of-the-earth playwright doesn’t plan on compromising his work until his producer finds a backer to get his show on Broadway. Runs through March 4.


Masterworks 5: ‘Midori Honors Bernstein’

8 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton

From $70

Call 953-3434.

Legendary violinist Midori joins the Sarasota Orchestra for a concert that will move your heart. In honor of the 100th anniversary of composer Leonard Bernstein’s birth, Midori interprets his ode to love via his serenade for violin and orchestra. Runs through Feb. 25.



‘Twice as Nice’

7:30 p.m. at Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. W., Bradenton

$15; students and staff $5

Call 752-5351.

In its second season, State College of Florida’s Bradenton Symphony Orchestra will remind audiences that all good things come in pairs. This performance will include Franz Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2;” Josef Rheinberger’s “Concerto for Organ No. 2” featuring organ soloist Dwight Thomas and the monumental “Symphony No. 2” by Beethoven.


Ballet Hispánico

7:30 p.m. at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail 

From $35

Call 359-0099.

Sarasota Ballet presents Manhattan-based guest company Ballet Hispánico for a fun fusion of classical, Latin and contemporary dance exploring the diversity of Latino culture. Founded in 1970 by Venezuelan-American dancer and choreographer Tina Ramirez, the group is now directed by former Ballet Hispánico dancer Eduardo Vilaro. Runs through Feb. 25.



24th Annual Siesta Key Craft Festival

10 a.m. at 5124 Ocean Blvd.


Call 561-746-6615.

American Craft Endeavors presents this festival featuring the unique and original work of more than 100 artisans, both from Florida and around the country. Browse and shop for imaginative, high-quality creations at affordable prices. Each artisan is on-site during the entire festival. Runs through Sunday.


Nik's Pick: Festival of Dance from the African Diaspora

Youth Artist Network will host its first large-scale event in the form of a celebration of the rich, cultural tradition of African music and movement. This two-day dance festival hosted by Sarasota Contemporary Dance features dance classes in a variety of styles from rumba to Afro modern, along with a lecture titled “Conversations on Black Movement.”

If You Go

When: 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday (end times vary)

Where: Sarasota Contemporary Dance Studio, 1400 Boulevard of the Arts, Suite 300

Tickets: $15 to $35

Info: Call (201) 694-9799.


Artists at Central Creative Commons Open Studios

10 a.m. at 1330-1340 Central Ave., between 13 and 14th streets


Call (917) 675-0640.

Sarasota’s arts community is growing — and much of it in a northern direction. This month, painter Lucy Barber and photographer Wayne Eastep will give guests a behind-the-scene look at their working studio. Get to know the artists and browse the work they have for sale.


Showtime ’18

2:30 and 7 p.m. at Riverview Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way

$25 to $35

Call 321-6014.

Chorus of the Keys teams up with Steve Ditchfield, My Three Sons and the Riverview High School Chamber Choir to present two performances full of Broadway hits, classic barbershop harmonies and patriotic music.


2018 Beertopia

6:30 p.m. at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, 7051 Wireless Court


Call 747-1998.

Drinking for a good cause? Where do you sign up? Blue Point Brewing Co. presents this sampling of craft and imported beers along with local dishes from area restaurants to benefit Hernando De Soto Historical Society and Vision Foundation. Grab a new brew, sit back and enjoy live music by Kettle of Fish. If you’re feeling lucky, test your luck at the silent auction, the raffle, or both.



‘Global Jazz and Exotic Chamber Music’

3 p.m. at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

$30 to $45.

Call 306-1200.

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota changes things up with this performance by Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet, featuring a mix of jazz, classical and world music flavored with sounds and instruments from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans and Latin America. Critics have called them “a perfect cocktail of jazz, classical and world music” — but you’ll be the judge of that.



Moscow Festival Ballet — ‘Carmen’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’

8 p.m. at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail

$36 to $68

Call 953-3368.

Legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko founded Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989 by bringing together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi & Kirov Ballets. They will perform “Romeo & Juliet,” the full-length ballet with Tchaikovsky’s score and choreography by Elena Radchenko, and then “Carmen,” a full-length ballet in one act.




7 p.m. at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

$18 to $21

Call 925-3869.

He has made more than 100 appearances on TV, but perhaps most impressive is that Basile was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on ESPN’s “30 for 30” series segment, “The Legend of Jimmy the Greek.” His stand-up performances run through March 4. 


Don’t Miss: ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill’

The scene opens on Billie Holiday in Philadelphia performing one of her final shows. Audiences are treated to a dozen of her beloved classics such as “God Bless the Child,” “Strange Fruit” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” and in between she shares salty, occasionally funny, stories that give a unique insight into one of the greatest jazz and blues vocalists of all time, played by Melba Moore. This Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe work runs through April 8.

If You Go

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Westcoast Black Theatre, 1646 10th Way

Tickets: $42; student and active military $20

Info: Call 366-1505.




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I'm the Managing Editor of Arts & Entertainment here, which means I write, edit and share stories about our multifaceted A&E scene in Sarasota. I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism and a French minor. Reach me at 941-366-3468 ext. 356

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